Everton travel to West London to take on Queen Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday in a match which could have big implications for both teams.
QPR, in contrast, currently lie in 19th spot and, with just one win in 12 league games, they face the daunting task of being dragged further into the mire with defeat on Sunday.
With both teams shaky at the back, it’s highly probable that it will turn in to a goalscoring treat for the neutrals and the encounter could be decided by a key battle between the strikers.
Steven Naismith vs Bobby Zamora
Romelu Lukaku and Charlie Austin have dominated the headlines this season for their goals, but equally important are their strike partners Seven Naismith and Bobby Zamora.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Toffees have the clear advantage when it comes to the battle between the number two strikers as Naismith dominates in as many as six vital categories.
The former Rangers man has recorded more goals, shots, touches and passes than the former West Ham United striker on average per Premier League encounter.
Moreover, despite his small frame, Naismith posts more aerial winners and is shown to be far more mobile and hardworking in the final third, demonstrated by his average 3.92 ball recoveries per match.
However, Zamora does have his qualities and his regular place in the XI is justified – and not just because he won the Hoops promotion with a last-minute Championship play-off final winner at Wembley last May.
The 34-year-old makes a nuisance of himself in the final third and has created on average 1.58 chances via key passes per fixture – more than Naismith.
That said, his efforts haven’t really made much difference to the West Londoners’ predicament of late and despite their inconsistencies, the Toffees will be confident of claiming all three points at Loftus Road.